Barney Frank's Ghost
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Hosts the radio talk show Chuck Morse Speaks on the IRN/USA Radio Network
Author of several books, including:
American Testament - The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution - Keys to America's Future
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Columnist: Published in The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Providence Journal, WND, Newsmax and Front Page.
Challenged Rep. Barney Frank in Massachusetts for Congress in 2004.
While Barney Frank is finally gone and forgotten, his ghost still lurks as the anniversary of the September 11th 2001 attack approaches and the military raises the terror threat to Defcon 3.
Congressman Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was a strong advocate of protecting civil liberties, led a successful effort to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act so that membership in a terrorist group was no longer sufficient to deny a visa.
Under Frank’s amendment, which seems unthinkable post 9/11, a visa could only be denied if the government could prove that the applicant had committed an act of terrorism. Rendered toothless by the Frank amendment, the Reagan Administration had virtually no way to block entry visas even when there was information linking the individuals to terrorist groups.
As his congressional opponent in the 2004 election, I discovered that Frank sponsored no less than thirteen amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act which opened the floodgates to well disciplined, well organized networks of terror sleeper cells and supporters who have since become entrenched.
Clinton Administration CIA Director R. James Woolsey said this about the Frank Amendment in an interview with the Wall Street Journal:
Congress had made it illegal to deny visas to members of terrorist groups.
The Frank Amendment of 1989 declared that a foreigner could not be denied a visa because of his ideology, which meant that that no matter how repugnant, hostile, or undemocratic an individual’s politics, these could not be grounds for denying him entry into the United States. Frank probably thought that such denial of entry to a foreigner might be discriminatory.
Frank defended his amendment on his own congressional website:
The bill (Patriot Act) would have allowed the exclusion of visa applicants who had 'endorsed or espoused terrorist activity'...but the mere espousal or endorsement of terrorist activity casts far too wide a net of exclusion.
How tolerant! How discerning!
The Frank Amendment made it difficult for government officials to prove a connection between the visa applicant and terrorist activities. Mere association with a group deemed to be involved with terrorism would no longer be enough to deny a visa.
I discovered that the 9/11 highjackers entered the country legally after the Frank Amendment went into effect. I also discovered that Frank had pushed through additional legislation that expanded the student visa program, watering down standards and weakening enforcement, laws that hamstrung overseas embassies ability to deny visas and laws that made it difficult for the FBI and CIA to share information.
Sheik Omar, the blind Sheik, leader of the first World Trade Center bombing benefited from the Frank Amendment as his terrorist cell received visas because there was no indisputable proof that they had committed past terrorist acts. Under the Frank Amendment, they could not be denied visas. American counselor officials in the Middle East, along with the FBI and CIA, could do little to stop Sheik Rahman from entering the country.
We might think we see strange apparitions of Barney Frank's ghost when we hear about ISIS sleeper cells recruiting Muslims in American Mosques or radical Imam's sending out bombers.
Interview Chuck Morse for a full discussion on this timely subject!
Chuck Morse is the host the radio talk show "Chuck Morse Speaks" which is nationally syndicated on the IRN/USA Radio Network Mon - Fri 10 AM - Noon ET. He is the author of books as well as columns that have been published in The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Providence Journal, the New Bedford Standard Times, WND, Newsmax and Front Page. Chuck Morse received the 2003 Communicator of the Year award from the National Right to Work Committee and was named a "Heavy 100" Radio Talk Host by Talkers Magazine. Morse ran for Congress in 2004 against Rep. Barney Frank in Massachusetts.
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